Crafting at the Library: Ribbon Bookmarks

Some of our branches will have ribbon bookmarks for patrons to make during the month of November. But if you don’t have time to make it at the library, you can try this easy craft out at home.

Supplies needed:
Paperclips (large works best)
Ribbon (⅜” wide or smaller)
Glue
Scissors
Ruler
Step 1: Cut a 5 inch piece of ribbon.

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Step 2: Lay the ribbon across the top of the paperclip, with the double clip at the bottom.

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Step 3: Wrap the right side of the ribbon around and under the right half of the paperclip and come back up through the inside of the paperclip, near the top.

Step 4: Repeat on the left side.

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Step 5: Pull both ends tight. Add a drop of glue to the back side of the ribbon. Trim the two ends of the ribbon at an angle to help prevent fraying. You can also seal the ends of the ribbon with a drop of glue.

Make more bookmarks!

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For more inspiration, check out these books:
The Complete Guide to Ribbon Crafts by Elaine Schmidt
Crafting with Buttons and Ribbons

Crafting at the Library: Bubble Art

The Central Library is having another installment of Art in the Park at the Market Street Park in July. On July 27 we’ll be making bubble art on canvas. You can sign up here. This craft is recommended for adults since it can get messy.

Supplies needed:
Canvas or card stock
Paint (we used acrylic)
Bubble solution
Straws (one per paint color)
Bowls or cups

Steps:
Step 1: Combine 2 tablespoons bubble mixture and 1 tablespoon paint in bowls or cups- mix well. 

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Step 2: Using the straw, blow bubbles until it overflows the cup.

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Step 3: Carefully place the canvas or card stock on top of the paint bubbles. Be careful- the paint will splatter when the bubbles pop.

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Step 4: Repeat with other colors. You can also layer the bubble paint.

Step 5: Let dry and enjoy your masterpiece!

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Some things to remember- children may have a hard time remembering to blow bubbles out of the straw instead of sucking up the liquid, which is why we don’t recommend this craft for them. Also, you will get a few paint splatters, so wear old clothes and try this craft outside.

Here are a few books for more inspiration:
Craft Candy: Easy Projects to Stitch, Glue, and Paint by Candace Marquette
Daily Painting by Carol Marine

Crafting at the Library: 3D Flower Canvas

The Central Library is bringing back Art in the Park at the Market Street Park over the summer. On June 29 we’ll be making 3D Flower Canvas Art. You can sign up here. This craft is recommended for adults.

Supplies needed:
Canvas
Faux flowers and leaves
X-acto knife
Wire cutters
Packing tape
Glue
Pencil
Paint and paintbrush

Steps:
Step 1: Draw an outline of a vase with your pencil.

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Step 2: Arrange flowers on top of your vase, starting with the largest flowers. Then, fill in holes with smaller blooms. Trim flowers as needed.

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Step 3: Once you have arranged your large flowers, cut small slits in the canvas with the X-acto knife and slide the stems of the flowers through the back of the canvas. You may be able to fit a couple of flowers through one slit.

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Step 4: Tape stems to the back of the canvas and glue flowers in place, if needed. Then add smaller flowers, and tape the back of the canvas again, if needed.

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Step 5: Add leaves to fill in gaps. Secure leaves with glue.

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Step 6: Finally, paint your vase and hang your masterpiece!

Here are a few more books for crafting inspiration:
The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar
Crafting with Florals